Serious problems in the workplace!
and they all cost you money!
Job stress costs
employers more than $200 billion each year in absenteeism, tardiness, burnout,
lower productivity, high turnover, worker's compensation and medical insurance costs.
National Safety Council, 1995
One dollar invested in work place wellness
will save three dollars in cost savings of benefits.
University of Michigan Research Center (HMRC)
An estimated 60% of all
absenteeism from work is caused by stress.
C. Cooper & R. Payne, eds. Causes, Coping and Consequences of Stress at Work,
Depression, a common problem
among workers, costs the US $44 billion per year in lost productivity.
National Foundation of Brain Research, 1999
A new study of more than 46,000
employees at 6 large companies found that costs linked to serious, persistent stress count
for about 8% of the total health care expenditures of those companies - about $24
American Journal of Health
The California Worker's Compensation
Institute determined that job stress claims increased 700% from 1977-1988.
M. Lehmer et al. J. Occupational Environ. Med., 1997; 39(1)
A new study on stress in the workplace found
that 62% of the people surveyed experience what they call "a great deal of
stress" at work. That's up 15% from the previous year.
Aventis Pharm, 2001
In a recent 3 year analysis of over
46,000 workers from six major US companies, depression and unmanaged stress emerged as the
top two most costly risk factors in terms of medical expenditures - increasing health care
costs by 2-7 times as much as physical risk factors such as smoking, obesity and poor
R. Goetzel et al. J Occupational Environmental Medicine. 1998; 40(10)
NEW STUDY! 4 Minute Fitness
4 Minute Fitness is effective in reducing teacher stress!
Krisanna Jeffery, Master Thesis - Click here
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Chronic Stress, Movement and
Physical activity and conscious
vs. the ravages of stress
A review researched by Consumer
Report, Feb. 2000: "Clinical studies have demonstrated that chronic stress
can impair the body's immune system, and population studies have suggested that
(stress) substantially increases the risk of a wide range of illnesses, ranging from colds
and flu to asthma attacks, migraine headaches, heart attacks, and stroke. For
example, a Swedish study involving nearly a million people linked job stress - lots of
pressure or little power to make decisions - with a 60% risk of heart attack.
In a study of over 10,000
government employees, workers who perceived that they had little control over their jobs
had twice the likelihood of developing coronary disease as employees with high perceived
H. Bosma et al British Medical Journal. 1997; 314(7080)
Physical activity and
conscious relaxation such as meditation are two methods that may buffer the body against
these stress-induced ravages."
May 24, 2001. BCTV
reported on a study that revealed that lower back pain was the second most common
reason for missing work, secocnd only to the common cold.
Fitness gently exercises and massages almost every muscle
and joint, increasing blood flow and stimulating the immune system. Regular practice
improves physical flexibility - particularly hips, back, neck and arms - and mental
Fitness offers daily lower back exercise and gentle
stretching, thereby lowering the risk of pain and therefore reducing missed work.
And the continuous
movement, the focus on being in the present moment (an effective meditative technique) and
the potent breathing all produce a significant meditative state almost instantly.
Breathing and health
Dr. Andrew Weil (and
other health professionals) have stated that stress is a primary aggravating cause to most
illness. They believe that breath work is the most time and cost efficient method of
dealing with stress. Breathing well helps people center the mind, work more
effectively and deal with stress more efficiently.
It should be noted that breathing is the only
function that we do either completely consciously (voluntarily) or unconsciously.
4 Minute Fitness teaches voluntary rhythms of breathing designed to
effectively improve involuntary breathing.
Vancouver Sun review,
from the Los Angeles Times, Jan. 8, 2000). "Dozens of recent studies
show that optimists do better than pessimists in work, school and sports, suffer
less depression, achieve more goals, respond better to stress, wage more effective battles
against disease and live longer. The popularity of optimism research has
convinced some scholars that psychology should focus less on misery and more on why things
Fitness focuses on being positive, being present, being
loving, being vibrant, living in gratitude and on the fact that in the big picture,
all is well."
In 1976, golfer Jack
Nicholas stated that "my 'home movies' (mental imagery) are the key to
my concentration and to my positive approach to every shot".
Imagery is now used by almost all professional athletes and many
successful business people:
...to see success
...to manage energy levels
...to learn and perfect skills
...to prepare for a competition.
Fitness teaches participants to live, feel, taste and
celebrate their personal goals using imagery - everyday.
Video + Seminar = Winning Combination
Fitness seminars have the added advantage of offering employer specific topics in relationship to the video, as well as the vital
aspects of team building and interpersonal interactions that only workshops can offer. And
the seminars are fun for the participants.
And each Power Phrase can be tailored
to meet individual and corporate needs. The video is very popular and effective. The
addition of the personal touch and the added energy can triple the success rate.
Optional Topics to include in your corporate seminar:
Here are a few of the many topics we could add
to the basic program. I am very flexible and will tailor the program to meet general
and regional needs.
- Elimination of corporate toxins (including
poor attitude, anger, resentment, poor or poisoned communications, feelings of little or
no value within the corporation and stress).
Fitness seminars are designed to help people choose resourceful attitudes, to
recognize when they are dragging morale down and to begin choosing leadership roles.
Even better, other employees will immediately identify "toxic" employees,
thereby reducing impact.
And Ill help them recognize just how fortunate they are to be working for your
- Conflict resolution and resourceful
communication using the eastern principles of softness and non-attachment. Very valuable,
and so easy.
- Improving communication by reducing
blaming, and by adding more space between any stimulus and a possible knee-jerk response,
thereby choosing a wiser reaction.
- Finding a balanced and healthy lifestyle
at home. And improving out-of-office relationships.
Research of interest
- Tai chi boosts shingles immunity in elderly
people, new research shows. It adds to their general health, too -- especially
when those in poor health practice the gentle meditation. The practice fosters a
calm and tranquil mind.
In what is believed to be the first
study of its kind conducted in the United States, researchers at the University of
California, Los Angeles have shown that behavioral interventions and integrative exercise
programs such as tai chi can have a direct, positive effect on the immune
system in older adults. Psychosomatic Medicine, September, 2003
- According to "Health After 50" (John
Hopkins Medical Letter, July,1999), on "Nipping Anger in the Bud..."
Practice a relaxation technique. The most popular are deep breathing (as taught in 4 Minute Fitness), yoga and tai chi (a Chinese
martial art involving a series of slow, graceful movements). These techniques decrease
blood pressure, breathing rate, heart rate and muscle tension."
- Another John Hopkins publication (1999). "Deep
breathing may improve fitness levels in people with chronic heart failure. Yoga-derived
breathing training (as taught and practiced in 4 Minute
Fitness) may increase oxygen levels and ease breathing
- Consumer Report, Feb. 2000. "A routine that
combines moderate exercise with meditation techniques, such as a concentration on
breathing, may give a two for one reward for stress relief. Tai Chi and
yoga are gentle, slow exercises that promote balance, flexibility, stretching and
4 Minute Fitness does all of the above and more, and it is EASY!
of Psychosomatic Medicine,
2003. "Tai chi exercises may help prevent shingles."
Motivational, keynote and wellness
speaker (to groups of up to 2500) in cities all over North America.
Video/Audio tape Creator
Creator, producer and editor of two
movement video packages. Tai Chi for Busy People, approaching best seller status, and the
new 4 Minute Fitness video.
Created a health oriented audio tape
("Food for Thought") that sold close to a million copies.
Tai Chi instructor for over 20 years.
Studied with some of the best tai chi teachers in North America, including Sam Masich and
Chungliang Al Huang.
Has an extensive Western medical
background (as a practicing companion animal veterinarian).
Martial arts expert
Black belt in Goju karate.
Studied with Brian Biro (author of Beyond
Success and The Joyful Spirit) in the motivational field.
Extensive meditation training.
Keith makes complex
medical and eastern knowledge useable and easy to understand.
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